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RATINGS: 3126   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 288   ABV: 9.6%
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Gold Medal Winner, Great American Beer Festival (Ales: Brown, Bitter and Pale 1987, Barleywine 1988,1992,1995). Sierra Nevada Bigfoot is an award winning example of the English Barley Wine style. It boasts a dense, fruity bouquet; an extremely rich, intense, bittersweet palate; and a deep, reddish-brown color. This ale is superbly balanced between an almost overpowering maltiness and a wonderfully bittersweet hoppiness.

Beginning Gravity:23 Plato
Finishing Hops:Cascade & Centennial
Dry Hops:Centennial, Cascade & Chinook
Bittering Hops: Chinook
Ending Gravity:6.0 Plato
Yeast:Top Fermenting Ale Yeast
Malts:Two-row Barley Malt, English Caramel Malt, Dextrin Malt


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4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
alcoholica (128) - Dublin, Ohio, USA - NOV 6, 2005
I finally can get this beer!Red in color decent head. lots of hops and you can taste the power of the hops and alcohol. good flavor I can’t just have one, yet I also couldn’t finish 8 of them. damn!


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gripweed57 (603) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - JUL 24, 2014
12 ounce bottle. 2014 vintage. Beautiful garnet color topped by a rocky beige head. Aroma is spicy, sweet toasted malt and resiny hops. Upfront, the bittersweet burnt caramel malt dominates. A virtual assault on the palate. Mid taste brings intense resiny hops that touch on smoky, woody notes. Whiskey-like finish. More bitter hops a well. Big and complex, as I always remember it. I have been drinking this classic for 30 years; still amazing!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RickTheRick (332) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 23, 2014
*Dégustation verticale 2010-2011-2012-2013* (Cette critique est pour la version 2013) Robe ambrée teintée d’acajou, mousse moyenne dessinant une dentelle collante sur les parois du verre. Le bouquet est principalement constitué de sucre d’orge, de noisettes grillées et d’une fine pointe d’agrumes. L’attaque en bouche est trčs citronnée, grâce au houblonnage généreux. Ensuite, le sucre d’orge un peu cramé prend sa place qui lui est due. Assez ronde, le taux d’alcool élevé n’y paraît toutefois pas. L’amertume est intense et soutenue, et la finale est résineuse et biscuitée.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
adster (158) - HUNGARY - JUL 22, 2014
Lehengerlő, rubinvörös és borostyán árnyalatú színe az első, mely ámulatba ejt minket, ezt követi egzotikus, egy tekintélyesebb IPA és édeskés árpabor házasságának eredményeképpen előálló, gazdagon komlózott, gyantás és tömény, befőttszerű aromák keverékéből kialakuló illata. A barleywine-ok terén szerzett eddigi tapasztalati anyagom csaknem elhanyagolható méretű, mégis azt kell, hogy mondjam, nem egy megszokott ízvilággal rendelkező főzetről van szó. Letisztult, vékonyan szirupos ízét legalábbis remekül ellensúlyozza a komló marcona bukéja, mely egyszersmind kissé összetettebb mondanivalóval is felruházza ezt a telt karakterű, száraz utóízű italt. A hatást természetesen csak fokozza a szinte már alapvető jellemzőként számon tartott magasabb alkoholfok, mely azonban a legkevésbé sem tolakodik előre, ízét kevésbé, hatását annál tisztábban tapasztalhatjuk meg. Aki egy igazán különleges, orrkápráztató aromával szeretne találkozni, melyet nem mellékesen egy eszményi ízvilág követ, feltétlenül ki kell próbálnia ezt a csodát.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
WilleLW (171) - Lund, SWEDEN - JUL 21, 2014
Dark redish colour with an off-white head. Aroma of hops, grass and citrus with a sweet note of burnt sugar. Strong taste with lots of dry bitterness. Some burnt sugar, caramel and a slight hint of molasses. You feel the alcohol level. A difficult taste. A heavy beer with a slighyly oily texture.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DanielBrown (3717) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 19, 2014
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines. Absolutely classic Barley Wine. Warming, sweet, hoppy. Genuinely savoured.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrHult (183) - SWEDEN - JUL 19, 2014
Flaska frĺn Systembolaget. Grumlig mörk bärnstensfärgad vätska med lĺgt ljust skum. Doftar karamell. Väldigt fyllig maltig smak med ganska stor pepprighet.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
Franzen (290) - SWEDEN - JUL 18, 2014
Aroma is caramelly without overdoing it, there is some roastiness and nuttiness to it as well. Maybe roasted chestnuts. Appearence is dark orange hazy white head. Pretty bitter with caramelly maltiness a bit to bitter for the maltiness. Full body average carbonation silky texture. Not as complex as I remember and also unbalanced in the taste. Maybe still to young, 2014 version.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mark_Eck (472) - - JUL 17, 2014
Draft. 2010 Pours a brownish red. Aroma is sweet malts and some caramel. Taste is malts and raisons. Great lasting taste.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Everettm (81) - Bristol, Somerset, ENGLAND - JUL 16, 2014
Pours dark amber with a small burnt orange head and good lacing. An initially syrupy sweet aroma gives way to more savoury dank pine and musky citrus, not too bold but more than fitting for the style. Thick, but not overdone body with a very light carbonation. A very typical malt profile for the style, caramel, pancake syrup and demerara sugar, with the lovely addition of a fruity, dark forest honey character. Hops come through in the form of wild flowers, pine, candied fruit peel and hints of citrus. Round with a lingering palate encompassing bitterness.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StevieT (539) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 16, 2014
From a bottle. Pours copper with a thin lasting head, earthy aroma, not overly bitter. I liked it but wouldn’t drink it all night.


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